Motorcycle Madness: Exploring The 5 Main Helmet Types

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Of all the various types of Harley Davidson motorcycle parts and other motorcycle apparel and accessories, a helmet is undoubtedly one the most important. Of course, selecting the right helmet isn’t always easy. There are several distinct categories of motorcycle helmets — five, to be exact — and each is different in both its fit and coverage. Here’s a quick rundown of the five main types of motorcycle helmets.

Full Face Helmet
Full face helmets are what most people picture when they think of motorcycle helmets. Full face helmets offer the most protection, with full coverage around the head aside from the eye port. They’re great for beginners due to their coverage, but they can sometimes cause ventilation problems.
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Modular Helmets
Modular helmets are similar to full face helmets, but their chin bar flips into an upright position and sometimes can be removed altogether. These helmets provide increased versatility for different riding settings, making them ideal for adventurous riders.

Open Face Helmets
Open face helmets allow for more head exposure, making them ideal for some street riders and cruisers. But don’t worry — they’re considered just as safe as their higher-coverage counterparts. Helmet head liners typically only break in about 5%, while cheekpads often compress about 15% to 20% over time. Many of these helmets are made from the same composites and padding.

Half Helmets
Half helmets are considered to provide the least amount of coverage. They’re popular for Harley Davidson motorcycle riders, and while they usually have approval from the DOT, they do lack some safety features and are generally considered the least protective.

Off-Road Helmets
About 78% of motorcycle usage is on-road riding, 41% is off-road riding and 38% of riders participate in AMA-sanctioned competition. Off-road helmets are, as their name implies, ideal for off-road riders. They feature sunshades and angular chin bars while maximizing ventilation and reducing helmet weight. While they do offer substantial protection, riders will need to invest in goggles because they don’t have built in face shields.

Ultimately, being able to distinguish between these types of motorcycle helmets can help you make the right purchase decision based on your needs. For more information about Harley Davidson motorcycle parts and other Harley apparel, contact K and G Cycles.